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My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday's Endless Appetizers

What if I told you that mozzarella sticks never had to end? That for $10, you could eat for free (for $10) for the rest of your natural life? That there exists a spot in the space-time continuum in…
SOURCE:gawker.com
PUBLISHED: July 18, 2014
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6222 words)

Word Terrorism: Can LongReads and Artisanal Beards 'Scale'?

beard: Ancient arcane term for a gay person's pretend heterosexual partner. Since the legal establishment of gay marriage, refers exclusively to lovingly tended long whiskers worn by urban men…
AUTHOR:Ken Layne
SOURCE:gawker.com
PUBLISHED: Sept. 23, 2013

A Hollywood Ending

Mardis Gras in June. That was the noise out the window. Like a spray of firecrackers. A tack-a-tack-a-tack-a-tack-a-tack-tack midnight burst of joy. It was a new twist in a long night. The evening…
SOURCE:gawker.com
LENGTH: 32 minutes (8134 words)

"Weaponize the Media": An Anonymous Rapper's War on Steubenville

One night this past December, sitting at his laptop in his bedroom in Winchester, Kentucky, Deric Lostutter donned a plastic Guy Fawkes mask, recently purchased on eBay. He turned on the camera of…
SOURCE:gawker.com
LENGTH: 28 minutes (7153 words)

How to Solve Homelessness: The Mundane Miracles of The Doe Fund

The next mayor of New York City will not be George McDonald, though George McDonald is running for mayor. That's OK. George McDonald is already better than any mayor has ever been at addressing the…
SOURCE:gawker.com
PUBLISHED: Feb. 7, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2370 words)

Dear 02A3172: Letters To and From a Caged Bird

In 1999, when I was 19 years old, I was arrested and charged with first degree murder, several counts of attempted murder, attempted robbery, and several counts of criminal use of a weapon. I was…
SOURCE:gawker.com
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3785 words)

The Year We Found Goatse and Visited the KKK: The Best of Gawker's 2012 Longreads

Sometimes, instead of writing 40 words to go along with a viral Internet video, we write many words. Thousands of words, even. Since we do this somewhat frequently, those pieces can be easy to miss.…
SOURCE:gawker.com
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1378 words)

The Internet's Best Terrible Person Goes to Jail: Can a Reviled Master Troll Become a Geek Hero?

On a gray Wednesday morning in October, the car headed west on the Lincoln Highway Bridge hit 100 miles per hour and I started to worry it might hurtle off into the tangle of rusted-out warehouses…
SOURCE:gawker.com
LENGTH: 23 minutes (5977 words)
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Unmasking Reddit's Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web

Last Wednesday afternoon I called Michael Brutsch. He was at the office of the Texas financial services company where he works as a programmer and he was having a bad day. I had just told him, on…
SOURCE:gawker.com
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4745 words)